Van Persie denies outbust

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has denied making negative

comments about Chelsea and Barcelona, insisting he ‘respects’ them


The Holland international, who is preparing for match against

Brazil on Saturday, was quoted in his homeland as criticising the

supposed gamesmanship of some clubs.

Van Persie supposedly said that Chelsea players were ‘always

bitching’, while he was also quoted as saying Barcelona ‘nag’ to

match officials.

But on Friday evening the forward released a statement via

Arsenal’s official website in which he described the quotes as


Van Persie said: “I’m on international duty at the moment, but

following several reports in the media I think it’s important to

clarify some recent comments attributed to me.

“These reports falsely suggest that I recently made negative

comments about Spanish and Chelsea players, I would like to make it

perfectly clear that I haven’t done an interview with Sport 1 or

any other outlet in recent weeks and I’ve certainly not been rude

as the comments suggest.

“I respect my colleagues of Spain and Chelsea and look forward

to playing against them for many years to come.

“I sincerely hope that all football fans worldwide don’t take

these misleading reports seriously.”